The BWD Major Tournament Hole of the Day: The 16th at Quail Hollow, Home of PGA Championship

Tournament: PGA Championship – Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
Hole: 16th – Par 4, 506 Yards
Architect(s): George Cobb – 1961
Tom Fazio (redesign) – 1996, 2003, and 2016

Architectural Summary:

The start of Quail Hollow’s difficult closing stretch, known as the “Green Mile,” is the 506-yard par four 16th hole. Recent changes in 2013 lengthened the hole by 30 yards and moved the green to the left where the putting surface is now situated on the lake’s edge. The lengthy dogleg right hole demands an accurate tee shot as competitors play downhill from the elevated tee to the 35 yard wide fairway. A single bunker is located to the right of the fairway around 300 yards from the tee where a prominent tree is also located. Competitors will look to challenge the bunker to effectively shorten the hole and avoid trouble on the left side of the fairway where a steep embankment falls into the lake. Should players successfully find the fairway, a mid- to long-iron will be left into the green which is protected on the left and rear by the lake as well as a greenside bunker on the right. Precision is needed on the approach to ensure that competitors avoid the water and find the 40 yard deep green. Competitors will be able to “bail out” to the right, but will then face a daunting up-and-down back towards the lake. The green slopes from right-to-left and features gentle undulations throughout.

Statistical Analysis:

When Quail Hollow Club last hosted the Wells Fargo Invitational in 2016, the 16th hole played to a scoring average of 4.09 (63 Birdies, 304 Pars, 94 Bogeys, and 5 Doubles).

Fun Facts:

  • The 16th marks the start of the course’s famed “The Green Mile,” which is historically among the most difficult closing holes on the PGA Tour year in and year out.
  • Several holes at Quail Hollow were recently remodeled following the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship in preparation for the PGA Championship. The changes were a part of the club’s plan following the reworking of the 16th hole where the green on the par 4 was moved 80 yards to the left. Holes recently renovated include the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 11th holes.
  • The course also switched to Champion Ultradwarf Bermudagrass on the greens.